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Shine and Shimmer By Johnny Sea on 10/9/2014Johnny Sea would recommend this product to a friendThe Kessil A360WE is a wonderful LED light. You get excellent shimmer and great color. I gave it only four stars due to the fact that it doesn't quite dim as low as I would like on my Apex with VDM it only dims to 12%. It has replaced a 250W MH running a Phoenix 14k bulb.
IMHO: The best there is By Christian on 9/26/2014Christian would recommend this product to a friendFantastic output, color blending and control. Looking to replace those costly MH lights? This is the way to go!
Great light, but not as one unit. By Ray on 9/23/2014Ray would recommend this product to a friendI purchased the Kessil 360W-E about a year ago. I love the shimmer it provides, how quite it is and how small it is. I have a 29 gallon bio cube so it only need one light. This is where this light falls short. Because it's a single light I have a lot of shading in my tank. Any of my SPS would have light on part of it and dark shading on the other half. This other major issue with this light is the controller. I bought it before the Kessil came out with it's own controller so I had to buy an extra cable to connect it to my Reef Keepers. Even then I could never get it to work like I wanted it to. Now that Kessil has a control you still have to buy a separate unit. With the Radion you long onto EcoSmart Live and have all the controls at no extra cost. Plus two pucks for more even lighting on my SPS. I did however use the Kessil gooseneck to hang my Radion from.
Amazing, Perfect, Love it By Joel on 9/4/2014Joel would recommend this product to a friendThis light is amazing. Its bright, its simple, its sleek, its quiet, its perfect. I have it set-up to my controller and it ramps up, changes spectrum and then ramps down. Exactly what I wanted. Long term use yet to be completed, but with any LED light, corals will need some time to adjust.
Great Results By logan on 8/13/2014logan would recommend this product to a friendObviously expensive but worth the price. Switched from MH to these and within a week saw major changes in coral grown. Browns went to orange, greys went to blues.
Sun in my room By anizato on 7/21/2014anizato would recommend this product to a friendThis light is like having a beach's sun in my room ..a dimable sun which I can also change the color to. AMAZING
Everything looks realistic and simulates the sun in a reef environment pretty well. The shimmer it gives off is pretty sensational.
With only a couple of weeks under the Kessil my coral are growing as well as the coralline algae.
The spread is exactly as marketed @ 24".
There is also the option to add another Kessil to the same unit so you can string them along and control them in series, or independently with a controller.
Beautiful lights, Excellent Customer Service By Anneke on 6/21/2014Anneke would recommend this product to a friendThese lights are absolutely beautiful, both in design and the shimmer effect they added to my aquarium. Before the Kessils I had an LED light, supplemented with an acitinic bulb. The Kessils make my aquarium look like the ocean floor I remember seeing while snorkeling. It looks so much more natural.
I have two Kessils at 60% brightness and they are easily bright enough for my LPS and softies in a 90 gallon tank. I will be getting SPS and have no reservations about the brightness of these lights. The controllability also worked very well. I hooked them up to my Neptune Apex and had the ramping programmed in less than 15 minutes.
Shortly after I got these, a leak from my HOB refugium fell on the power supplies for these lights and destroyed them. I wrote Kessil and told them what happened. They were able to provide me replacement lights at an extremely fair price. I am very grateful as I am not sure I could ever go back to any other lighting.
K.I.S.S. By tmann51 on 6/19/2014tmann51 would recommend this product to a friendI had go to decide to either lay out the bucks for another pair of Radion or go with something different and cheaper. I'm totally happy with 2 A360W-E's above my 75 gallon soft coral tank. I don't get spectrum graphs and such but simple is often better and cheaper.
Great lights By David on 6/1/2014David would recommend this product to a friendI love these LEDs they look awesome over my tank Would not use anything else. The colors are spectacular.
Awesome By Tyler on 5/15/2014Tyler would recommend this product to a friendI put two of these over my 90 gallon sps reef. Its only been a day so I cant touch on coral growth. They definitely are not as bright as a 400 or even a 250 watt halide. But they have pretty awesome color and plenty of spread and penetration. The shimmer is pretty insane. I don't know if I could watch my tank when I've had a few too many. LOL. I am still using my true lumen actinic led strip to help these kessils out and with the two together I get great look. Very easy to set up and tweak to your color preference. I used a link cable to join the two units and I'm planning on hooking up to my reefkeeper to ramp them up and down during the day. I would recommended getting the 90 degree extenders for the goosenecks. Over all I would say these are a great light. Very small and sleek looking. I don't think they are going to be bright enough with out some supplemented lighting on a tank bigger than 75 gallons.
one of the best lights i have ever owned By Robert on 4/19/2014Robert would recommend this product to a friendThis light is awesome. I purchased the a360we for my frag tank and I'm running the light off of my Apollo Reef controller and all I got to say is I'm completely blown away with how bright and sharp this light is. When they say this light is comparable toa metal halide they weren't kidding . You will not get a nicer light for the money orders
Kessil Delivers By Jordan on 4/13/2014Jordan would recommend this product to a friendIt's been about a month since I've switched from T5s to the Kessil A360W-E. The corals that I've noticed doing much better under the Kessils are those located closer to the sandbed which is most likely due to the increased light penetration. The clarity of the water seems better, the shadowing from fishing swimming over rocks and corals is very neat (which doesn't happen on T5s), and the shimming is great. I've read some reviews on other sites about there being too much shimmer, however that is only relative to the amount of surface agitation your tank has and can easily be toned down by not aiming your powerheads right at the surface.
It seems like one of the main complaints is the lack of control when compared to some other higher end LEDs. However, when purchasing this light you should know beforehand what you are going to get with this light if you read the descriptions. So for what Kessil states about the functioning, durability, and effectiveness of this light, they knock this one right out of the park.
Previously Asked Questions
by dan on January 24, 2014, @12:52 PM
how many do you think I would need for a 48"x24x24 120g tank? thank you
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Dan,
It depends on what you want to put in the tank. Kessil recommends an A360W for every 24" if you plan to do a sotie or low demand mixed tank. If you plan to have an SPS or high demand tank they recommend an A360N unit spaced every 18" assuming a brace doesn't get in the way (otherwise you may need a 4th so you can mount them on each side of the brace).
by Chad on January 16, 2014, @11:43 AM
Hey guys... I'm looking at eventually moving up to a standard 120gal tank in the near future (upgrading from the 30 gal). I am interested in getting TWO of the 360w Kessils. I've done the math and believe that I'm kind of on the boarder of needing 3. I run a simple FOWLR set up, but might get into a softy tank when I upgrade. So here are the questions:
1) Am I OK with ONE Kessil for now, for the 30 gallon?
2) If I decided to stay with the FOWLR set up on a 120gal, TWO Kessils would be OK, correct?
3) If / When I move into a softy tank, would I have to get a 3rd Kessil or would the original TWO be OK?
And last, but not least... I know I need to get the TWO different Kessil cables to sync and attach it to my APEX... Is there a module I will need as well, and if so, could you please pass me the model number :)
Bulk Reef Supply HI Chad,
1) 1 would be just fine on the 30g tank :-)
2)Two should be just fine with a FO tank.
3)Most likely looking at 3 here, though possibly 4 if you have a center brace that will get in the way.
Great question. You would want the VDM to Kessil cable to connect your Kessil to the VDM module on your apex (some models like the standard Apex include the necessary module, other units may require the purchase of the VDM module in addition to the cable). From there all you need is the Kessil link cable to connect your second Kessil to your first (and 3rd Kessil to the 2nd, etc). Both are linked below:
by Dave on December 15, 2013, @3:13 PM
I'm thinking about purchasing the Kessil A360W LED light. I would install these on my 90 gal reef tank. My question is how many units would I need (I guess 1 or 2) and do you use any other lighting along with the LED's or just the LED's themselves.
Thanks for your advice,
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Dave,
It really depends on the corals you plan to keep. For a less light demanding tank like a soft coral tank or mixed reef tank Kessil recomends one of the A360W units for each 2ft of tank (assuming you have a normal sized 90g then that is two units) or if you plan to have an SPS tank then an A360N spaced every 18" apart (so three units). Just the LED's will work just fine.
by BRANDON on September 24, 2013, @12:19 PM
What is the light spread on the two different models. How large and how deep will they cover?
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Brandon,
Which lights and how many you want largely depends on what type of tank you have. If you have a mixed reef tank then it would be recommended to use the 360W and use one for about every 2ft x 2ft of tank. For an SPS tank they recommend using the 360N models and spacing them out about every 18" or so (3 would be suitable on a 4ft tank assuming you don't have a center brace in the way)
by albert booth on October 29, 2013, @2:18 PM
Can you link 2- A360w together and manually control one light to control the other light equally without using a controller?
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Albert,
You sure can! If you daisy chain the two lights together the second is controlled by the first. It will default to the manual control knobs unless you plug a controller cable into the input. If that happens it will turn off the knobs and turn to the controller.
by Michael on January 27, 2014, @2:34 PM
On a 60 gallon cube, which model would you recommend? I will be doing a mixed reef, obviously keeping sps higher and lps on the lower levels. N or w?
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Michael,
If the light demands aren't super high then the W would likely be the best bet, assuming your 60cube is 2x2x2. In a really high demand tank you may look at 2 of the N models (its kindof an odd spot where 1 isn't enough as there made to cover about 18", but 2 is a lot).
by Scott on October 31, 2013, @3:55 PM
I'm planning to keep SPS in a 72" wide x 72" long x 24" deep tank and I'm interested in using Kessil 360s (not sure about W's or N's yet). I was wondering what kind of "footprint" one of these pendants could cover, and how many you would suggest I would need to meet the lighting needs of the tank I described above. Also, which would be more appropriate for my scenario, W's or N's?
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Scott,
With the A360 or A350's on an SPS tank its recommended to use one of the N models spaces 18" apart. On a tank the size of yours that comes out to 4 of the A360N models.
by dan on January 24, 2014, @1:08 PM
Can I use the Reef Keeper to program this light? thanks
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Dan,
It would require the use of the Reef Keeper ALC unit and the Reef Keeper to Kessil control cable but you can certainly control your A360 via the reef keeper unit.
Dense Matrix LED
Kessil has spent millions of dollars and five years researching a different approach to LED. Instead of individually wrapped LED chips, Kessil tightly packs them together. This results in blends of different light wavelengths before they leave the light, providing uniform color throughout your tank. The single light source eliminates the spotlight effect, effectively spreading the light over a wide area.
The new proprietary Kessil Logic™ is featured on the A360 LEDs. It is a unique form of spectral intelligence developed for precise color blending and optimal coral growth. Before you could vary the light intensity of two different channels to find the desired color and intensity mix. Now users can select the perfect spectrum and color with one knob and then adjust the intensity with the other boosting the light output at both ends of the spectral tuning range by as much as 30%.
- On/off timing
- Intensity and color spectrum adjustment
- Compatible with 0~10V Controller
- Apex Ready+ - Certified by Neptune Systems. Use Kessil A360 Neptune Apex Control Cable
- Digital Aquatics Reefkeeper. Use Kessil A360 ReefKeeper Control Cable
- Control multiple lights by connecting them with the Kessil A360 Unit Link Cable
- Kessil A360N LED Light with cord or Kessil A360W LED Light with Cord
- Extension Cable
- AC Adapter
- Power Cord
- Two Metal Hooks - to attach light to wood, acoustical tile or other ceiling
- Two Light Mounting sets
- Dimensions: 3.8" Length x 4" Diameter
- Coverage Area: 18" surface diameter by 4' to 5' penetration (on average)
- Power Usage: 90W
- Power Supply: 100-240 VAC (Input), 48 VDC, 1.87A (Output)
- Dimensions: 2.96" Length x 4" Diameter
- 24" surface diameter by 3' penetration (on average)
- Power Usage: 90W
- Power Supply: 100-240 VAC (Input), 48 VDC, 1.87A (Output)
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